• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 133 Citations
  • 7 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Katie Liston has worked in the Higher Education sector since 1998, having completed her PhD in sociology at University College Dublin. She joined Ulster University in 2008 as part of the teaching and research team in the social sciences of sport. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Institute for Leadership and Management. She is a member of the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute and is involved in civic engagement work with various sporting organisations. Dr Liston’s sporting background includes national and international honours in team sports (Gaelic football, rugby union and football/soccer) and wide-ranging administrative, management and coaching experience. Dr Liston appears regularly on national media (tv and radio) as a social commentator on sport and identity (gender, nationality, concussion). 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College Dublin

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

Bachelor, University College Dublin

Award Date: 3 Jul 1996

External positions

External Examiner, Newman University


External Examiner, University of Worcester


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Research Output

  • 'Our wee country': national identity, golf and 'Ireland'

    Liston, K. & Kitching, N., 19 Mar 2019, In : Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Sports-Related Brain Injury: Concussion and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

    Liston, K. & Malcolm, D., 19 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Research in the Sociology of Sport: The Suffering Body in Sport: Shifting Thresholds of Risk, Pain and Injury. Young, K. (ed.). Emerald Publishing, Vol. 12. (Research in the Sociology of Sport; vol. 12).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Whose ‘wee country’?: identity politics and sport in Northern Ireland

    Liston, KK. & Deighan, M., 2019, In : Identities. 26, 2, p. 203-221 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    35 Downloads (Pure)

    On being 'head strong': The pain zone and concussion in non-elite rugby union

    Liston, KK., McDowell, M., Malcolm, D., Scott-Bell, A. & Waddington, I., 1 Sep 2018, In : International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 53, 6, p. 668-684 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Editorial work

    Honour and Shame in Women's Sports

    Katie Liston (Speaker)

    28 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Concussion: Culture eats protocol for breakfast

    Katie Liston (Speaker)

    19 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Gale (Publisher)

    Joseph Maguire (Editor in chief), , Mark Falcous (Editor), & Katie Liston (Editor)

    1 Sep 20161 May 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work